Thursday, May 23, 2013
Whether an iPhone, Blackberry, Android, or Google phone, owning a smartphone is an absolute necessity for business owners today. Responding quickly to clients, investors, and the changing marketplace means always having information at the tip of your fingers. Check email, browse news, monitor stocks, track budgets, and stay up to date with the constantly evolving industries that your business relies upon. Smartphones make entrepreneurs more efficient, accessible, and informed.
Tablets are the newest essential on the list of must-have technology for startups. Their value as presentation tools is immense; and tablets help small business owners visualize data, show off multimedia, draft plans, make drawings, and even connect with data on the office computer. They have most of the advantages of smartphones, with the added bonus that they are large enough to create and share a wide variety of multimedia projects on. Fortunately, they are also affordable, and becoming increasingly so as competition and development drives down prices.
When budgets are tight (and budgets are always tight for startups), it is important to keep simple tasks in-house. Cutting costs means doing it yourself whenever possible, and investing time in order to avoid investing money. So a quality printer that works fast, produces high-resolution images, and is versatile enough to handle all your publishing needs is an enormous asset. There are thousands of excellent options to choose from, many of which are affordable enough to make this decision a no-brainer. So skip the notorious office printer headaches, and invest in a quality machine from the start. You won’t regret it.
Cash flow is one of the biggest obstacles startups must overcome during their early stages of operation. So any tool that helps your small business get paid faster is incredibly beneficial. The ability to accept debit and credit card payments is something no business can afford to lack. Getting a reliable POS machine should be one of the first orders of business for your startup. And for companies who often do business on the go, investing in a smartphone-compatible POS terminal is a great idea too.
Unexpected disasters are commonplace in the business world. While you may be comfortable imagining that your system won’t crash and erase all your invaluable data, chances are that it will, unless you take measures to secure yourself. So get an NAS (network attached storage) drive, and don’t allow your system to be without a safety net for another moment.
In today’s cutthroat business world, startup founders need all the help they can get. So while the latest gizmos may not be the difference between success and failure, having the tech support to accomplish your goals, impress the business community, and expand your sphere of influence is invaluable. The best startups are innovation leaders, who offer the world something it hasn’t seen before. Staying at the forefront of your industry, whatever it may be, requires access to the most cutting-edge communication technologies of our day. These gadgets will keep you connected, secure, versatile, and ready to react to whatever obstacles the world throws your way.
Kirsten runs her own handmade silver jewellery business. She relies upon her gadgets to help her stay in touch with customers, to market her business, and to seize opportunities.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
If there’s one thing that people love it’s a gadget. Nobody is likely to have every gadget already so there is a fair chance you can find them something they didn’t even know they needed! A good gadget works on various levels – it has great novelty appeal meaning that the recipient can spend hours playing around with it. And after the novelty wears off it’ll be something that makes their life easier or more fulfilling in some way, so they will be eternally thankful! Here are our ideas for great gadget gifts guaranteed to put a smile on any face:
Car Hands-Free Kit
A hands-free kit is one of those things that most of us think we need but few of us get round to fitting. It’s easy to see why – you’ll probably need an expert to install it and this can be a little too expensive. Treat them to a hands-free kit of their very own and they will love you for it. Hands free kits have come a long way since they first appeared on the market and are now much more intuitive – they have great sound quality, can be voice-activated and can easily switch between calls and music. Using Bluetooth wireless technology, they are fuss-free and reliable. Perfect for chatterboxes on the move!
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New to the market, Bluetooth rear view mirrors are the mirrors of the future! This has a hands-free kit built in along with an entire entertainment system. There is a built-in microphone, speakers, MP3 player, radio and a Text-To-Speech facility too. You simply clip it onto your existing mirror – it’s that simple to install. For those that require more privacy for their calls there is a hands-free wireless earpiece. It’s great for people that are constantly on the move – all their favourite gadgets in one!
For those that take their exercise and diet seriously, how about a Bluetooth device that helps in the quest for ultimate fitness? These gadgets allow you to effortlessly track your calorific intake, record calories burnt during exercise, and give you essential information on the nutritional value of most foods. You can also record your statistics like how long a 3km run takes you so that you can beat your time the next time! They come with a built in motivator which gives you badges for certain milestones and achievements. It’ll send fitness levels through the roof!
Giving the gift of a gadget is bound to put a smile on anybody’s face – so in your search for the perfect present you can’t go far wrong with a little bit of technology to make their lives a little easier. Major brownie points for you!
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
The iPhone is now so much more than a phone, camera, mini-computer and organizer—now, it's a way of life. It brings together all of your appliances and needs into one easy-to-control location: the iPhone itself. New iPhone apps that have been released allow you to control just about every aspect of your home with just the touch of a button. Here are the top five ways to automate your home using your iPhone.
1. Controlling your Television and Entertainment Systems with Your iPhone
Like it or not, television comprises of a big role in our lives—bigger than most of us would like to admit. However, this social instrument connects us to the world via news, media and other social phenomenons. Imagine not being able to join in the discussion about the latest Walking Dead or Mad Men episode at work on Monday.
That's probably why there are so many apps that allow you to turn your iPhone into a long-distance remote control, packed with all the features your real remote has. Control your tv and home theater system from afar. If you have TiVo, use Premier DVR, a free app that lets you record on the go if you forget to set your TiVo before you leave. Schedule recordings or look up television schedules from wherever you are.
You can also use the free Remote App from Apple that allows your to use your iPhone to control Apple TV or iTunes programming, even when you're away from your computer. Never miss another TV episode or movie again.
Alternatively, you can also purchase the L5 Remote for about $60. This tiny device connects right to your iPhone and allows you to program all of your TV, stereo and home theater equipment from anywhere in the world.
Once you've programmed your shows and movies with your iPhone, it's time to relax and watch them in comfort. There are many apps that tap into the electronic programmable thermostat system in your house to allow you to get full control from wherever you are. Whether you want to adjust the temperature without getting up from your seat in front of the TV or if you want to turn the A/C or heat on in your home from work, there's an app for that.
The Nest Learning Thermostat, however, takes this control to a whole new level. Not only can you adjust the climate in your home from anywhere, but the app learns your daily routine as well. This means that when you leave home for work, the temperature will automatically be adjusted to best conserve energy, thus lowering your utility bills. Plus, when you're home, the Next Learning Thermostat App will keep your climate at the most comfortable levels, based on your previous input.
Costing about $250.00, the Nest boasts the ability to make your comfortable AND save you money at the same time. You can install it yourself in about a half an hour or you can have it installed by a professional for $120. The makers of the Nest Learning app—Nest Labs—say that the average savings of a single family home over three years will be $520.00, if the app is used properly. The Nest Learning Thermostat is available at their website or at any Lowe's Hardware location.
Using your iPhone, you can then program the WeMo Switch to go on and off at certain times (or whenever you desire). You can also combine the WeMo Switch with Motion for $100. This allows you to control the functionality as normal, but also to include a motion detector on the appliance.
You can use these systems separately or all together, controlling all appliances and lights at once, or individually. Whatever you want to program in your home, WeMo gives you the opportunity to do just that. To find the WeMo Switch, visit your local Apple or Verizon Stores, or visit the Belkin website. Set up takes just a few minutes, but wireless capabilities in your home are a must.
4. SmartHome Offers a More Elaborate Home Automation System
Similar to Belkin's WeMo, SmartHome has come up with three do-it-yourself home automation systems, ranging in price from $385.00 to $925.00. Use your iPhone to control lights, appliances, and security cameras while also continuously monitoring motion, window, and door sensors throughout your home.
Essentially, this is a safety and security system that will also allow you to be lazy while sitting in your home. Visit SmartHome's site for more information.
Finally, we have some great, specialized apps that allow you to stream full-color video and high-quality sound directly to your iPhone. This is a great way to monitor your baby, or your pet. Essentially, you now have the ability to keep tabs on your baby, your pet and anybody who is taking care of them—or your house—while you're gone. Have a parent with Embalmer’s? This will allow you to keep an extra eye on them.
Set up takes just minutes and your home wireless network is used to wirelessly stream video from the cameras to your iPhone. Izon's Remote Room Monitor from Stem Innovations coasts $130,00 and gives you real-time, color picture and audio that can be recorded and stored online. Other apps include iBaby Monitor from iBaby Labs for $200.00, which gives you the ability to control the camera's movement with your iPhone acting as a remote.
Kirt Harrison is an appliance repair technician at Harrison Appliance, based in Southeast Michigan. His company has helped countless homeowners throughout Livonia resolve their appliance repair headaches. Visit his website for more information about his appliance repair services.
Rondo Motion: Bring your headphones to life
Are you passionate about listening to live music? When you put on your headphones, do you wish to feel as if you were at a live performance? Do you want to feel like you're immersing sound? This is exactly what Rondo wishes to bring forth to you! The idea behind this project is to add motion sensing technology to your headphones in order to get an unparalleled immersive sound experience. Rondo captures the acoustics of live spaces and applies that to your music library. It uses proprietary technology to pull sounds out of your headphone to create a life-like sound as if you were in a music concert. The Rondo motion sensor will pair up with your device via any Rondo-enabled app, the device will then send head motion data to Rondo player, which will then adjust the audio sent to your headphones, keeping the sounds fixed even as you move around. The project needs backing in order to get approved, to buy components and to start manufacturing it. Fancy this amazing idea? Go back it up!
Stadium Headphones - Experiencing Sound Like Never Before
Looking for headphones that will stand out from all the other headphones in the market in music and fashion? These ultimate HD wireless headphones from Stadium Headphones Group aim to be just that! Built with the help of state-of-the-art technology, these headphones have a number of extraordinary features such as advanced noise reduction, premium sound quality, luxurious wearing comfort, and they're even foldable! Furthermore, these headphones will be wireless, and will also have a built-in SD memory card slot to help you store a lifetime of music! The headphone will also hold an eject-able remote control that drops down effortlessly at the push of a button. You can use the remote control wirelessly to select songs, change volume, and so on. The headphones will be Bluetooth compatible, allowing you to tune into any Bluetooth enabled device. If that's not enough, the headphones also feature a built-in microphone allowing you to use it as a hands-free for talking, while connected to a Bluetooth device! If you want to see yourself using one of these very soon, go back it up! The funding will be used for the manufacturing process.
Yuni: A Headphone for People with Single-Sided Hearing Loss
Yet another remarkable project revolving around headphones, Yuni will be the first true stereo headphone catering to people with unilateral deafness or hearing loss. Most headphones split the sound between two channels so you end up hearing only 50% of it, and most recordings don't put the sound evenly in both channels. As a solution, you could find a way to collapse both stereo channels into a single channel and listen with one ear. But then again, the frequency will be messy and the sound, cramped. This is where Yuni comes in. It brings in a new technology that places both stereo channels in a single ear piece, but with two separate speakers instead of just one – one above the ear opening and one below it. With this headphone on, you will get that true and incomparable stereo experience that you were previously missing out on! Show your backing for this project if you find this brilliant concept impressive.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
If you’re a business professional who owns an iPhone, one accessory you must definitely own is a wirelesss keyboard. No doubt, the touch screen of your iPhone is impeccable when it comes to basic surfing or sending texts or short messages, however, it can at times get frustrating if you have to type a long email or make a presentation or compose other documents. Especially so, if you’re a business professional who’s always on the go, nothing can come in handier than a wireless Bluetooth keyboard to type a quick email or compose an urgent document. There are a number of good wireless keyboards available in the market, which are not only compact and portable, but are also foldable! These amazing keyboards connect wirelessly to your iPhone. So just unfold your sleek keyboard and start typing away – perfect to be used during meetings, or while travelling.
Being a business professional, one thing is for sure – you’re likely to be spending at least half of your day on calls. Whether it’s about talking to clients, or dealing with traders, talking to business partners, discussing important matters with subordinates, or carrying out telephone conferences or meetings, a businessman literally always has his ears glued to his phone. In such a scenario, nothing can be more convenient than a wireless Bluetooth headset device. Whether you’re walking, travelling, driving, riding, or even jogging, calls related to business are hard to avoid and so a Bluetooth headset would be a perfect solution. This amazing headset connects wirelessly to your phone and lets you receive and make calls effortlessly without having to hold your phone pressed up against your ear. Moreover, if you get tired of too many business calls, connect wirelessly to your iPhone, iPad, iPod and other Bluetooth devices, and use the headset to enjoy music, games, or videos!
If you are a hardcore business professional, you are likely to carry more than one phone – perhaps one for personal use and one for business. In such situations, especially if you’re travelling abroad or out of station, you would definitely want to make sure your phone remains charged all the time. This is when the Powermat comes into action. With the help of this incredible gadget you can simultaneously charge two or three devices at the same time. This is perfect to be used in areas such as conference rooms, meeting areas, or even in your living room. You no longer need to look for empty plug points to charge your phones. Just get yourself the sleek Powermat and all your charging woes will be sorted.
Need to rush for an urgent meeting and forgot to charge your phone? You’re out on a business trip and you’ve just realized that you lost your charger? Do long business calls drain out your phone battery by afternoon itself? If yes, think no more and get yourself an iPhone battery case. There are quite a few good options available in the market as far as these cases are concerned. These brilliant cases not only give your phone that extra boost of power, but also double up as a protective case keeping your phone safe. This accessory is an ideal option if you’re travelling or attending meetings and don’t have time to charge your phone. Just slip your iPhone into a batter case and you’ll have one worry less.
Saturday, May 18, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Friday, May 17, 2013
Many women struggle with conception, making the process of having a baby seem more like a stressful ordeal than anything else. Plenty of home remedies and suggestions exist for conceiving a baby at the right time, but DuoFertility helps take these urban legends out of the equation and uses real science. By measuring blood temperature and deriving highly sensitive readings from the data, this device can determine when a woman is ovulating – which makes the process of conceiving much simpler. If you have been struggling with having a baby, then the DuoFertility can help you overcome these woes.
The measurement of kicks that any baby is giving is often a sign of health: a rapid decrease in a baby's kicking motions can mean that an underlying health issue is developing. While not all babies are active kickers, the KickTrak helps monitor these movements, records them and displays the results on an easy to read LED screen. This information can then be presented to your OBGYN or medical professional to show any changes in the baby's behaviour between check-ups. While some may not think these sorts of measurements are important, you can never be too observant when it comes to your baby's health.
Checking the baby's heartbeat is an important and regular part of any check-up: why should you not be able to do the same from home? Thanks to the Hi Bebe Fetal Sound Doppler, you will be able to detect and listen to your baby's heartbeat from about two and a half months onward. This FDA approved device shows you the heart rate on a LCD screen so you can both listen and record relevant data for consultation with your physician. The Hi Bebe product has both loudspeaker and microphone capability, giving you the choice of sharing it with those around you or just listening by your lonesome.
Numerous scientific studies have shown that babies can hear noises when they are in the womb. In fact, some studies have even shown that listening to music can encourage the foetus to grow at a faster pace! Bellybuds is ideal for women who want to test out this research. This innovative product enables a pregnant woman to attach "bellyphones" to her stomach so that the baby can clearly hear the music that she is playing. The Bellybuds can be connected up to an iPod or any standard music player, enabling the mum to be to play music of her choice. What better way to play some soothing symphonies or encourage your child’s love of rock music?
Friday, May 17, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
This new product aims to revolutionize the beverage industry by eliminating cans – along with corn syrup and other additives. The SodaStream Source ($150) uses CO2 canisters along with flavoured cartridges to create drinks that taste almost identical to name brand soft drinks. While the cost of using SodaStream is not necessarily much cheaper than conventional cans and bottles, it is a great way to enjoy drinks with fewer additives and contribute less waste to landfills. Kids will also love making their own drinks due to the press and release system that injects blasts of CO2 into the drinks as they are being made.
Making waffles is great, but we all hate the mess that can occur when we wait too long to flip them – with the Wolfgang Puck Rotating Waffle Iron, you can say goodbye to ruined waffles and charred remains forever! This smart gadget flips each waffle while it's being cooked, without having to rely on human input to create the final product. Costing about $90, the waffle iron may not be on everybody's radar as of now, but we know for a fact that automated breakfast is something everyone can appreciate.
Part of kitchen convenience means not necessarily having to go into the kitchen to retrieve your favourite items. Enter the Hammacher Schlemmer Remote Controlled Beverage Cooler ($80), which can easily hold a twelve pack of your favourite beverages plus ice. With handles and straps for carrying, the cooler can be transported traditionally in addition to the four foot range it boasts on its wireless antennae for moving about the house. Operating off of 9-volt and C batteries, this item is perfect for use during game time in the living room, on the deck or in the kitchen.
Toaster ovens are a great way to prepare foods without having to heat up that expansive oven, and they produce food to a higher quality than that of microwaves. The Hamilton Beach Easy-Reach Toaster Oven provides all the mainstays of conventional cooking with added features of convenience. Regular toaster ovens have just a simple door on the front that opens, often leading to burns and mishaps, but the door on this model lifts and retracts to the back of the unit to allow you to lift and reach into the oven without worrying about coming into contact with hot surfaces. This model is available for purchase online and in stores for just $50, making it a wonderful addition to the kitchen.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Cameras are great for athletes who want to catch themselves in action and a great way to get cool Facebook photos. At the same time though, they can also actually be useful for improving technique and performance as they allow your friend to record themselves in action then watch themselves back for critiquing purposes.
If you want to really push the boat out and get them something really impressive, then perhaps consider looking into a 'GoPro' camera. These are cameras that are designed specifically for sports and which can be attached to a helmet, a bike or a head/shoulder. This way your free running/cycling/hockey playing friend can capture the action from their eye-view in HD and with no worry of the camera getting damaged.
iTunes vouchers might not seem like a sporting gifts but that's the great thing about vouchers - the recipient can spend them however they want. Give an iTunes voucher as a gift and they will be able to download a plethora of sporting apps whether for entertainment or to improve their performance. Entertainment wise, these vouchers can be spent on things like games, magazine subscriptions or streaming apps. For actual athletes though there are a range of possible uses here: golf fans can make use of golf GPS devices for instance which will keep them informed of where the holes and bunkers are on any course, while video analysis apps can improve technique in a range of sports.
The Nintendo Wii was the console that really showed how popular an alternative form of input could be on a home console. With the Wii, you control the on-screen avatars not by mashing buttons, but instead by actually carrying out the actions yourself (or approximations thereof). For most of us that means wildly swinging our arms at the screen to kill demons with our virtual swords, but for genuine athletes it's a great opportunity to hone technique and skills. Playing Wii golf might not be the perfect virtualisation of swinging a golf club, you can nevertheless go through the process of checking your stance and your grip etc. and improve all the same. This is an expensive gift, but one that has a lot of play value.
If you know what your recipient likes to play, then there are a range of gadgets they can enjoy specific to their sport whether those are motion sensors or calorie counters. Any of these can help them to get more from their sport and will show time and thought on your part.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Want to confirm your flight tickets? Looking to make hotel bookings? Need help with directions? Want to know about the best restaurants within your vicinity? Believe it or not, a smart phone is probably the handiest gadget you could possibly carry with you on a holiday. The amount of apps available for you to download will leave you dizzy. There's a mobile app for almost anything and everything that your mind can come up with. When it comes to travel, right from booking your travel tickets, to checking flight timings, to having a look at car rentals, hotels, restaurant reviews, weather forecasts, maps, to language translations, and what not, there's an app for everything. Moreover, you could also use your smart phone for other purposes as well, such as playing games, watching videos, surfing the internet, checking emails, managing social network portals, listening to music, chatting with loved ones, and so much more! So yes, just carry your smart phone along, and the rest shall be taken care of.
Heading out for an adventure trip? Planning to go camping with your mates? Visiting an exotic island this summer? Don't forget to carry your favorite cherry-colored all purpose multi-tool – a Swiss Army Knife! Originally produced in the late 1800's the quintessential Swiss Army Knife has a come a long way since then. This convenient little gadget comes equipped with a number of handy tools such as a blade, a nail file, a toothpick, a ballpoint pen, scissors, a fish scaler, corkscrew, a bottle opener, a can opener, tweezers, pliers, a magnifying glass, and so on. In fact, talking about the Swiss Knife coming a long way since the late 1800's, some models today even have high-tech tools such as a barometer, a digital altimeter, LED light, a clock, a USB flash drive and even an mp3 player! Phew, now that's mighty impressive, isn't it?
For all those long bus, flight, or train journeys that you cover, your music could well turn out to be your best companion. However, the people around you might not particularly be in a mood to be entertained by your music as such. This is why you must make sure you carry a good set of headphones to bring the best out of your journey. Whether it's for listening to music, for playing games, for watching movies or videos on your laptop or smart phone, or even for saving yourself from crying babies or pesky and talkative seat mates, a good pair of headphones are definitely bound to come in handy during your travels.
A portable mini battery pack is a perfect gadget for carrying along on holidays, camping trips, and other vacations, in order to make sure that none of your portable devices ever run out of power. There are a number of good brands available in the market as far as these handy battery packs are concerned. Be it your iPhone, iPod, or Blackberry, a mini battery pack can charge almost any of your USB charged devices. So carry one of these along on your travels and be assured of a rather smooth and “charged up” journey!
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Keeping in shape and focused on daily life is difficult when most food and drink around us is somewhat detrimental to our health, not to mention the effects daily stress from work and home can cause on our bodies. When it comes to keeping an eye on our well-being, sometimes others are better at noticing changes than we are due to our hectic lives. The same could be said about certain gadgets that are designed to monitor key indicators and provide information to us about our routines and physical status. Below, we'll find several that aim to improve our well-being and give us more information about our daily habits.
Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Scale
Withings Smart Baby Monitor
In the past, baby monitors were usually more like walkie-talkies, allowing you to hear any noise going on in the baby's bedroom. These days, technology has allowed for more sophisticated designs such as the Withings Smart Baby Monitor, giving you access to both audio and video. This device is available straight from Apple and works with any iOS device, and as long as the Smart Baby Monitor is connected to a wireless network, you can monitor happenings from anywhere in the world. This gadget not only picks up audio and video, but can talk to your baby, play music and display temperature and humidity inside the room.
iHealth Digital Blood Pressure Monitor
So many suffer from high blood pressure and it is perhaps the single most destructive cause of heart-related issues later in life. The iHealth Digital Blood Pressure Monitor comes with blood pressure measuring devices and a dock for your iOS device, from which the data is beamed. The data collected from the blood pressure sleeve is then transmitted to the phone and recorded in a simple to use application. It is from here that you can view a history of both your systolic and diastolic blood pressures, giving you awareness and the ability to track your progress.
Lark Un-Alarm Clock & Sleep Sensor
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Monday, May 13, 2013
Installing a new thermostat is not only good sense when it comes to reducing those utility bills, but it can also create a more welcoming home environment. The Nest Programmable Thermostat costs around $250 and has a sleek look to it that resembles that of a kill switch in a doomsday bunker. The thermostat actually learns when you use energy and when you do not, creating an intuitive schedule to keep the house cool and warm whenever you are there – and turning things off when you are not. Reportedly, this thermostat can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 20%.
Moxie Bluetooth Showerhead
Monday, May 13, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0